MSc Global Development (Politics, Governance and Development Policy)
Year of entry: 2024
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Course unit details:
Poverty and Development
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching and learning will be centred around 9 lecture sessions and three tutorial sessions. Lectures will combine presentation of the learning material with interactive activities. Tutorials encourage students to engage critically with the learning material through group activities, presentations and debates.
Knowledge and understanding
- Distinguish between different approaches to defining, measuring and explaining poverty
- Explain the causes and characteristics of different types of poverty in diverse contexts
- Identify different approaches to poverty reduction and the role of various actors in addressing poverty
- Critically evaluate different approaches to defining, measuring and explaining poverty
- Analyse different approaches to poverty reduction and the challenges encountered when addressing poverty in different contexts
- Compare the causes and characteristics of different types of poverty in diverse contexts
- Analyse the practical challenges encountered when addressing poverty in diverse contexts
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Develop and structure a critical and analytical argument
- Gather and make use of appropriate evidence to support analyses
- Work towards deadlines
- Participate in group discussions
- Express themselves verbally and in writing
- Demonstrate critical thinking
|Written assignment (inc essay)||100%|
Assessed 3,000 word essay (100%) - detailed written feedback provided
Fischer, A. M. (2018). Poverty as ideology: rescuing social justice from global development agendas. Zed Books.
Hickel, J. (2016). The true extent of global poverty and hunger: questioning the good news narrative of the Millennium Development Goals. Third World Quarterly, 37(5), 749-767.
Hulme, D. (2015) Global Poverty: Global governance and poor people in the post-2015 era. Routledge.
Lawson, V. & Elwood, S. (eds.) (2018) Relational Poverty Politics: Forms, Struggles, and Possibilities, University of Georgia Press.
Mitlin, D. and Satterthwaite, D. (2013) Urban Poverty in the Global South: Scale and Nature, London and New York: Routledge.
Moser, C. (Ed.) (2016) Gender, asset accumulation and just cities: Pathways to transformation. Routledge.
Roy, A. & Crane, E. S. (eds.) (2015) Territories of poverty: Rethinking north and south, University of Georgia Press.
Sheppard, E., Sparks, T., & Leitner, H. (2020). World class aspirations, urban informality, and poverty politics: A North–South comparison. Antipode, 52(2), 393-407.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||1|
|Independent study hours|
|Thomas Gillespie||Unit coordinator|